This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:48pm
If Braydon Toy isn’t the smallest quarterback in the WPIAL, he ranks down there with the tiny guys. But you will find big statistics in this little Toy. Toy is only 5 feet 6 inches tall, but has been gigantic for the Kittanning Wildcats. He became the starter only last season and has started 16 games. But he went over 4,000 yards offense last week. Toy now has 4,116 yards. This season, he has completed 64 of 106 passes for 1,198 yards and also rushed for 473 yards on 60 carries. He has helped Kittanning to a 4-2 record. A year ago, Toy helped Kittanning to its first undefeated regular season...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:28am
“Bend and Stretch, reach for the stars. There goes Moon and here comes Mars.” OK, so maybe I took some liberties with that children’s song just a bit, but the point was that it’s Week 7 and it’s time for the MSA Sports ‘Stretch Run’. The Stretch Run is the final three weeks of the regular season that will help decide conference champions, home field advantage, playoff positioning and postseason berths. Some games are obvious big contests, while others have key elements to them, if not for both teams, than at least one team. Nearly every game in the district has meaning and those with the most...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:22am
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 10th. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network. Section record in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   SHALER TITANS  (10-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (10-1) (Last Week #4) 3)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (9-1...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:17am
The West Allegheny Indians (6-4) kept their playoff hopes alive Thursday by beating the McKeesport Tigers (0-9), winning in sweep set fashion, 25-5, 25-5 and 25-11.  The Indians are preparing for playoff action and they looked the part in this contest.  With scoring runs of 7, 11, 12 and a string of 4-0 runs throughout the first two sets.  Thus, staging the final match clinching set to win the WPIAL AAA Section 5 clash.  Juniors Lauryn Long and Alyssa Placha were great on both sides of the court for the Indians.  Junior Long couldn’t be stopped with her ...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:14am
Carlynton (7-3) got a massive fight from underdog Brentwood (3-7), but prevailed 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) in a WPIAL Class A Section 2 volleyball showdown on Thursday night at Brentwood High School. With the win the Cougars clinched a WPIAL playoff birth and eliminated Vincentian Academy from a possible postseason appearance. Brentwood was hurt early by a number of unforced errors. The Spartans committed 15 unforced errors in the opening set, but were still able to grab a 13-12 lead thanks to five kills from Sophomore Hannah Livingston. But the Cougars answered with a 7-0 run and were able...
Article | Posted 2014/10/09 - 8:02pm
Following a three year hiatus, Peters Township is back on top of the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf world after claiming the title Thursday afternoon at the Cedar Brook Golf Course in Belle Vernon. The Indians won by 18 strokes over runner-up Pine-Richland while 2013 champion Upper St. Clair finished in fifth place, two spots behind 2012 team champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Jake Sollon led the way for Peters Township with a low score of 72. The championship is the fifth in school history for the Indians. In the Class AA finals, Sewickley Academy was able to add to its golden collection...
Article | Posted 2014/10/09 - 7:59pm
There was no three-peat for the Penn-Trafford Warriors girls golf team as they finished a distant fourth to the new queens of the Triple-A course, the Central Valley Warriors. In fact, everybody was a great distance behind the Warriors who scored a 316, 20 strokes better than runner-up Peters Township. Maddie McDaniel led Central Valley with a score of 75.  Sewickley Academy was even more dominant in the smaller Double-A field as the Panthers scored a 389, 30 strokes better than second place finisher Mount Pleasant to win the district title. Tanvi Rana shot an 81 to lead Sewickley...
Article | Posted 2014/10/09 - 12:43pm
Welcome to Week 7 of the high school football season. Part of being a successful high school football prognosticator is always knowing what your competition is up to.  While studying season statistics of those very rivals, Chick’s Picks noticed a few thing that were rather bothersome.  She decided to schedule a meeting with The Boss to air her frustrations. “Boss, I want to start off by saying that I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me over the last 15 years.  But, this week, I noticed that my biggest rivals are spreading their wings, so to speak,” Chick’s Picks...
Article | Posted 2014/10/09 - 11:13am
The NEC kicks off conference play in week 6 of the local college football season. Slippery Rock continues to be ranked in the D-II top 25, while W & J moved up the polls after a huge win over Thomas More last week. Here are previews of ALL the games, including two that can be heard here on the Network. Thomas More (3-2) at Geneva (1-3)   2pm on WBVP 1230-AM and the MSA Sports Network. The Saints have fallen out of the top 25 after their loss to W & J last week. Thomas More is 2-1 in the PAC. Thomas More racked up 452 yards of offense last week. The Saints were led by RB...
Article | Posted 2014/10/08 - 5:09pm
The final third of the regular season gets underway Friday night here on the MSA Sports Network. Several teams have already clinched playoff spots and the stretch-run will be a lot about positioning yourself for a good seed and a playoff push towards Heinz Field. This week in Big Game Hunting we get the rarest of the rare, as a pair of number ones will square off in Imperial. A tip of the cap to South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh from BGH and after spending a Friday night at Neil Brown Stadium a word on the Clairton Bears, and that word is …WOW! AAAA Foothills Conference: #5...
Article | Posted 2014/10/08 - 3:43pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of October 6th. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (14-0-1) (Last Week #1) 2)   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (16-0-0) (Last Week #3...
Article | Posted 2014/10/07 - 11:58pm
The Blackhawk Cougars JV won their game Tuesday night and the Cougars Varsity couldn't carry the torch as they fell at home to Beaver 3-0. After getting up early 14-9 Blackhawk saw that lead diminish and the first game ended in an extra volleyball loss 29-27 and the momentum was on Beaver's side. Beaver took that momentum and rode it into the second game winning 25-19. Up 2 games to 0 the Bobcats rode that wave and again playing extra volleyball in game 3 winning 26-24 to secure the victory. Taylor Hineman led all Bobcats in kills with 7. Blackhawk's Nikki Beaty tried to put her team on her...
Article | Posted 2014/10/07 - 7:01pm
Welcome to the Stretch Run of the WPIAL football season! Amazing to think that we’re already talking about week seven. Before we go that far though, let’s look back at some of the top plays of week six, including a double record breaking pass from an all-time WPIAL great.   1. South Fayette 42, Steel Valley 14 The Brumbaugh name is back on top in WPIAL passing history. Brett Brumbaugh surpassed Lenny Williams as the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history, moving into the top spot on a thrilling 68-yard touchdown pass to Nick Ponikvar. The pass not only broke the passing yardage record...
Article | Posted 2014/10/07 - 4:44pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of October 6th. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (15-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (13-1-1) (Last Week #4) 3) ...
Article | Posted 2014/10/06 - 4:41pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten WPIAL football teams in each of the four classifications. Every Friday and Saturday during the high school football season, we have the best coverage with over 30 broadcasts each weekend with updated scores and standings here on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    WOODLAND HILLS WOLVERINES  (6-0) (Last Week #1)  (Week Seven - at AAA #1 West Allegheny on MSA) 2.   ...

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